Mazda plant caps Alabama auto sector's successful year


President Donald Trump took to Twitter Wednesday evening to discuss the "great news" of Toyota and Mazda building a plant in Limestone County.

We asked our Facebook audience why they think Toyota and Mazda passed over North Carolina for an auto production plant.

Toyota will use the plant to build its best-selling compact auto, the Corolla, while Mazda will use it to build a new crossover vehicle.

But the Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says that estimate didn't include the value of local property tax breaks or donated land in Alabama for the site.

Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motors, said the new facility is something of a homecoming since the company already has one plant in the state.

The automaker is improving its commitment to the United States market and will focus efforts on manufacturing and increasing sales in the country. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and company executives held a joint news conference to announce that the facility is coming to the Huntsville area not far from the Tennessee line. Production is expected to begin by 2021.

"Our workforce, well trained and committed to producing high-quality vehicles and parts, is the reason these companies are deepening their roots here, bringing even more new jobs and opportunity for communities across the state". In 2017, Alabama was tied for fifth place with Tennessee among U.S. states in auto production, behind Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. "We are proud that this partnership puts Alabama on the forefront of technology in this dynamic global industry".

"We applaud the people of the region and are pleased to see that so many other automakers recognize the same great qualities here that we did back in the mid-90s: a highly skilled and dedicated workforce, an amiable business climate, and great Southern hospitality". "Mazda and Toyota, two of the world's most innovative automakers, have created a legacy project that will provide jobs for decades to come for Huntsville and Alabama".

The state of Alabama is the fifth largest producer of cars and light trucks nationally, with a strong automotive manufacturing presence.